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Volume 1 3 

Number 4 



Frankfurt Book Fair 2005, Part 1 

Theo Gielen 
The Netherlands 

Just before I left for this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, I 
read an article in Newsweek on the "burgeoning pop 
culture phenomenon of paper engineering." It stated that 
pop-up books, long a staple of the kiddie shelf, are 
increasingly migrating onto Mom and Dad's coffee table. 
David Carter's just published One Red Dot, the subject of 
the article, was shown as an example of this trend. In that 
same article, Robert Sabuda estimated that half of his fans 
are adults, and that his books are for "4- to 94-year-olds." 
David Carter's book has been marketed by Simon & 
Schuster similarly to "children of all ages." That was an 
interesting thought that lodged in my mind and appeared 
to condition - partly unintended - the point of view from 
which I looked at this year's new movable and pop-up 
books and related novelties that I came across while 
walking through the miles and miles of streets bordered by 
the stands of over 7,000 publishers from 100 or so 
countries that make up the Book Fair. Let me first tell you 
what I saw, before I give my opinion about the tenableness 
of the suggestion of the Newsweek journalist. 

As in a previous notice, I want to say once more that 
the contents of this contribution mirror my personal, 
subjective observations and appreciations of what I have 
seen. I disagree completely with a new member of The 
Movable Book Society who wrote to me after having read 
last year's contribution on the Book Fair: "I think, it is 
also your duty to inform the members of the MBS about 
the weakness of some books. You should not hesitate to 
criticize books that should not be on the market." First, I 
don't believe in any kind of censorship, but trust in the 
judgement of the readership on what they want to buy and 
what not - to be the best evaluator of "what should be on 
the market." Besides, the suggestion of possible objectivity 
in this matter seems to me unjustified: enthusiasm about, 
or rejection of, any book is a matter of personal taste. I can 
assure the writer that he would be shocked, even thrilled 
with horror, if I would write what I think "that should not 
be on the market"! From the other side, I have to admit 
that my first enthusiasm for wonderful dummies seen in 
Frankfurt is sometimes tempered - even heavily - when I 
finally see the published edition in the bookshop. 

And the other way round, I regret that some beautiful 
dummies never get published. There are all kinds of reasons, 
mostly the publisher doesn't see a market for it, and 
sometimes for duller reasons: it is too sophisticated, thought 
to be unfriendly to women, contains too many glue points, 
the perceived prudery of the (American) market, etc. 
Enough, let's turn our attention to the new books I saw. 

By far the 
best of the fair - at 
least for me - is David 
Carter's One Red Dot 
(Little Simon, 0-689- 
87769-2; limited 
edition 1-4169-0979- 
6). Now published in 
English, it was seen 
last year in other 
languages. Mr. Carter 
adds with this book his 
own distinctive spin to 
this unique art form 
called paper engineering. The book features ten intricate 
paper sculptures or interactive devices, doubling as a 
counting book, and includes a special charge to readers: find 
the "one red dot" on every page. In its artwork, influenced by 
Calder, Miro and the Italian "Memphis"design of the 1 980s, 
it shows at the same time a very nice piece of deconstructive 
art in the seventh spread. Every spread bursts open with 
something magical in a palette of blue, yellow, black, white 
and, of course, red. By practicing the art of leaving out - 
moderation again makes the master - there is a simple 
elegance and sophistication to Carter's paper engineering 
that is extremely satisfying. The result is an almost 
European, highly artistic "objet d'art" rather than a 
(children's) book. For me this has to be the next winner of 
the Meggendorfer Award. 

What is more, the sequel to the book, to be published in 
2006 as Blue 2, another gem to look out for, could be seen at 
the stand of White Heat, the packaging company of James 
Diaz. At White Heat we saw also the white dummy of Trail, 
the new pop-up book by David Pelham. Telling in a very 
poetic way the story of a snail in a garden, the book will 
offer a Sabuda-like abundance of paper artwork when 
published next fall. 

Continued on page 2 

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Continued from page 1 

Simon and 
displayed the new 
extravaganzas by 
Robert Sabuda 
and Matthew 
Reinhart. In 
Winter's Tale: An 
Original Pop-up 
Journey (0-689- 
85363-7, limited 
edition 1-4169- 
0787-4) Robert 

Sabuda offers for the first time in eight years an original 

story in simple texts, after his series of classic re-telling, 

overgrown by his usual extraordinary wealth of white pop- 

ups. A lavish use of foil, silver, acetate, glitter and 

electronic lights 

make an icy- cold 

book out of it, done 

in the best tradition 

of what a fellow 

paper engineer called 

his "Neo-Rococo 

style." The first 

printing arrived just 

before the Book Fair 

in 250,000 copies of 

which I was lucky 

enough to purchase a 

rare unsigned copy! 

Christmas Pop-up Present 

Another classic 
retelling is 
Cinderella: A Pop- 
up Fairy Tale (1- 
4 169-050 1-4, 
limited edition 1- 
4169-0540-5) by 
Matthew Reinhart. 
The six spreads have 
been made with 
intricate paper 
artwork, mini books, 
foil, acetate and 
ribbons. The 
twirling ballroom 
dancers and the 

carriage drawn by four horses surely are masterworks of 
paper engineering but appear very American to me. Eye 
catching, however, I thought is the intriguing 
metamorphosis of a rat into a coachman hidden in one of the 
mini books. The spread showing Cinderella in her ball gown 
bordered with blue silk ribbons - "a ball gown to die for" as 
the publisher's blurb reads - rather tickled my fancy; 
thinking it more camp than princess-like. I cannot imagine 
a Princess Di or our own Princess Maxima in a creation like 

this ! Generally I do not think Mr. Reinhart's graphic 

skills are too appealing. 

Curious to see what had grown out of the collaboration of 
Mr. Reinhart with the world's best illustrator of children's 
books, Maurice Sendak, I, unfortunately, couldn't find any 
trace at the Book Fair of the pop-up book based on Maurice 
Sendak's play It 's Alive announced last year. 

After this year's great Encyclopedia Prehistorica: 
Dinosaurs Sabuda and Reinhart worked together again on its 
sequel Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea 
Monsters (0-7636-2229-X) that will be published by Walker 
Books/Candlewick next spring. From summer 2006 on, the 
two will have their own imprint Sabuda & Reinhart 
Presents at Scholastic Books, offering a series of non-fiction 
pop-up books which educators of all backgrounds will be 
able to use in the classroom. The first title to be released will 
be Castles! Medieval Days & Knights, an in-depth look at 
what life was like in the middle ages, written and paper 
engineered by Kyle Olmon (from the Sabuda-studio?) and 
illustrated by Tracy Sabin. Is this the birth of a new 
exuberant paper engineer to enlarge the Sabuda-School? 

Little Simon also had on display the very nice seasonal 
pop-up novelty by paper engineer Rives. It is hard to 
describe 77ie Christmas Pop-up Present: 24 moveable cubes! 
(0-689-86643-7), illustrated by the Canadian greeting-card 
illustrator Susan Mitchell. 

Continued on page 9 

Card with Rolling Mechanism 

Theo Gielen 

In the August issue of Movable Stationery (p. 14) I 
posed a question about a 1 9 1 5 postcard "Who will gain the 
victory" that had a puzzling technique of a pull-tab sliding 
a small bandage through the window and transforming 
one picture into another. I asked if anyone knew how it 
works and if the technique had ever been used in a book. 
I received several nice reactions and I want to express my 
warm "Thank you." I hope I will always get that many 
answers to my questions. 

The mechanism appears to have been quite popular 
from around about 1900 until 1920. People sent me 
pictures of various postcards - mostly beautifully executed 
in the Art Nouveau style of the time - amongst them some 
rather naughty ones. The technique appears to be 
especially useful to dress and undress women. . . ! 

A very enlightening response came from Betsy Morgan, 
a paper engineer at Structural Graphics. She wrote: 
"Structural Graphics has produced this mechanism for 
direct-mail several times in the past, so I am very familiar 
with it. I have drawn a rough sketch of how this technique 
works. It really is magical!" and added this sketch and 
explanation (below). 

Another reaction came from Pierre Bloyer from France. 
He is a collector of antique movable, pop-up, and other 
mechanical postcards and has a special interest in the 
techniques used for them. He has made a hobby out of 
remaking the found techniques himself and for this 
specific question of mine he sent me a construction sheet 
of such a card with the rolling mechanism. It included 
four instructional sets of the subsequent stages of how to 
make a card yourself! The example he made turns into a 
card with a ribbon pull appropriately transforming 
"Movable" into "Stationery"! A different example of his 
hand I have seen is a trade card he made for the Paris 
antiquarian bookseller Jacques Desse whose name 
magically transforms into "Livres Anciens" (old books). 
Make sure to include a copy in your collection! (See 
pictures below.) 



As "the puller is pulled ou"t of -the folder, -the 'Loop' "that: catches bo"th images 
"travels across "the inage area reversing "the image areas "fcha"t are exposed. 
The strap (bandage) hides the gap between "the 2 images. 

Glues "to Inside 
of folder, above 
window opewnlng 

Glues to Inside 
of folcter, below 
window opewnlng 


In consultation, the editor of Movable Stationery kindly 
agreed to add Mr. Bloyer's construction sheet in this issue, 
something of a sequel to last issue's Trampoline by Joel 
Stern. The translation of the French directions are mine 
[TG]. Mr. Bloyer let out the sliding strip that hides the 
secret of the technique but when you build this strip in, 
look at Betsy Morgan's sketch to see how it is done. It is 
a nice pastime for the coming Christmas holiday time. Or, 
maybe you would like to include the technique in this 
year's Christmas card. If you do, please don't forget to 
send me one. (See instructions on insert page.) 

As to the final part of my question - if the technique 
had ever been used in a book - an answer came from 
Spain. (Movable Stationery proves to be available all over 
the world!) Mr. Quim Corominas sent me pictures of a 
Spanish book from his collection that has this technique in 
the front cover (see the picture below). The book is 
undated but appears to be from the 1950s. I remain 
curious for more examples. 

Pop-up Displays in Book Stores 

1,200 Borders Book Stores and Waldenbooks in the 
United States are decorated with 3-D winter pop-up 
displays. Borders announced "customers this holiday 
season will find themselves virtually inside a 
larger-than-life pop-up book featuring winter scenes 
created by Robert Sabuda, the New York Times best-selling 
children's book artist who is widely regarded as the wizard 
of pop-up paper and book engineering. 

"In addition to the unique shopping scenery, Sabuda 
has also designed a set of paper pop-up ornaments 
produced by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - a 
snowflake, holiday tree and dove - that will be sold 
exclusively at Borders and Waldenbooks stores this year 
and he has designed an exclusive gift card and a 
hand-assembled carrier that features a pop-up of the 
cheerful snowman." 

Oxford Exhibition 

From 28 November to 29 April 2006 there will be an 
exhibition of Children's Games & Pastimes in the 
Exhibition Room of the Bodleian Library, Old Schools 
Quadrangle in Oxford, U.K. On display will be more or 
less educational items like alphabets, battledores, writing 
sheets, drawing books, paintboxes, puzzles and board 
games, but also items related to movable books such as 
metamorphoses, panoramas, paper dolls and myrioramas. 
All copies originate from three famous collections now 
housed in this venerable library: the John Johnson, the 
Opie, and the Harding Collections. Unfortunately there 
will not be a catalog nor any accompanying publication. 

New Wehr Books 

WehrAnimations has issued two new versions of Julian 
Wehr's The Animated Bunny's Tail. The 20-page book is 
available assembled or as a "Make a Book" kit. The book 
(0-9748093-1-4) is $18.95 and the kit (0-9748093-2-2) is 

Illustration from 
Animated Bunny's Tale 

The "Make a Book" kit contains all the components of 
the book (covers, text and animation pages, punch-out 
movables, binding coil) with adult-and-child- team-tested 
instructions for assembly. For the curious young mind that 
wants to know how everything works! 

Copies are available online at http://www. Or, copies can be purchased by 
sending a check to Wehr Animations, P.O. Box 7487, 
Boulder, Colorado 80306-7487. Postage within the US is 
$1.00, outside of the US the postage is $3.00. 

Peep Show - Peep Hole 

Paper Works by Quim Corominas 

Theo Gielen 

An unexpected relationship of historical pop-up books 
and movable and three-dimensional paper toys could be 
experienced at an exhibition in the center of arts De 
Krabbedans in the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. 
The Catalan artist, and member of The Movable Book 

Peepshow - Peephole 

Society, Quim Corominas showed a selection of gems 
from his renowned collection of movables and combined 
them with his works of (paper) art that were inspired by 
them. As the title of the exhibition (and this contribution) 
indicates, it was the intriguing technique of depth and 
perspective surprise used in peepshows and by peepholes 
in books that were the starting point of inspiration for the 
paintings and collages, but, above all, a nice selection of 
die-cut and three-dimensional paper works that Mr. 
Corominas has made in about the last five years. 

The exhibition, on display in September, was made up 
of three related areas. In the gallery of show cases there 
was a display of antiquarian paper items that showed the 
historical techniques of peep holes, transparency, and 
depth in pictures as executed in pop-up books, peepshows, 
tunnel books, panoramas, carousels, and toy- and shadow 
theaters, mainly from the 1 9 th century. The "traditional" 
peepshow was represented by nice copies of a Thames 
Tunnel (ca. 1 845). It has three peepholes in the front cover 
that provide views both tubes of this tunnel and also a 
view over the Thames above with many boats. Other 
works included The Great Exhibition 1851, with a 
magnificent peep of amazing depth into the Crystal 
Palace; the French La fete du village (The feast in the 
village) published about 1860 by Haguenthal; the Danish 
Den Nordiske Industri-Landbrugs og Kunst-Upstillung I 
Koebenhavn 1888 (The 1888 Norvegian Exhibition of 
industry, agriculture and art in Copenhagen); and the 
more recent The New York's World Exhibition 1939. 

The perspective suggestive of depth in the theater - 
another kind of peephole - was shown by the well-known 
Schreiber toy theater Urania and by the rare Father Tuck 's 
Days in Fairyland. The related carousel book that also has 

a proscenium and a combination of side-scenes to build up 
a perspective depth, was presented by the Spanish La 
casita de Azucar (Hansel and Gretel) published by Ed. 
Roma, Barcelona, (1947) and by some titles from the 
series published about the same time by Folding Books in 
London. And as a nice example of the lifting scenes with 
a grotto effect was Peeps into Fairyland by Ernest Nister 
from London. 

The cage-like dimensional scenes in early pop-up 
books that show the peep-hole idea, were demonstrated by 
such titles as The Showman Series No.l. Living Pictures. 
Four Scenes in Perspective (...) published in 1880 by The 
International News Company in New York. The Snake 
Charmer and The Lion Queen, two parts of The Little 
Showman's Series published at the same time by 
McLoughlin Bros, were also shown along with Ernest 
Nister's The Model Menagerie. The beautiful but very rare 
five-panel panorama Behind the Curtain in Fairyland, 
published in 1891 by Raphael Tuck, offered a nice variant 
of this technique with its pop-outs or stand-ups that have 
doors that open in the front. 

A different kind of a movable peepshow is Panorama 
or the Visit of Santa Claus to the Happy Children, a 
historiscope published by Milton Bradley in the 1 860s. In 
it the story is pictured on a scroll that moves from one 
knobbed wooden dowel to another behind the stage-like 
cut-out in the center. When light is shown from behind, 
one gets a fairy effect by the transparency of certain parts 
of the pictures on the scroll. This same scrolling and 
transparent effect was also shown in the rare historiscope 
of Humpty Dumpty from the same time and publisher. 
Two other paper toys from the 1930s, with an additional 
moire overlay giving the optical illusion of movable 
figures, are the French Cine Enfantin that "tells" the story 
of Little Red Riding Hood, and the Spanish Cinetin. El 
libro sin hojas. 

the 40 or so 
items on 
formed a 
of antique 
paper gems 
within the 

exhibition of modern art. 

The gallery of show cases with the inspirational objects 
of the artist was embedded within the much larger frame 
of the recent works of art by Mr. Corominas. Although I 
am not an art critic, I recognized the reflection of the 

antique paper sources in the paintings, collages, and 
connected series of paper artworks with transparent parts 
that were lit from behind, or the series of embossed works 
of New York Matches. The work was intriguing and, while 
not directly modeled from the books and paper toys that 
were their inspiration, they were recreated into works of 
colorful, abstract modern art by the creative and skillful 
mind of the artist. It was only in the dimensional and pop- 
up artists' books and, for example, in the installation of a 
series of inflatable paper cubes with the structure of the 
traditional peepshow in the specific Mediterranean color 
scheme and in the shapes of the art of Mr. Corominas 
(entitled Peep Hole Line, 2005), that I directly recognized 
some of the techniques and effects of the books that 
inspired them. Nevertheless, the whole exhibition was 
really a warm bath for the visitor, with its wealth of colors, 
lights and (also three-dimensional) shapes! For a layman 
in the field of this kind of art, as I am, it may have only 
been reminiscent of the book and toy sources. But, I had 
the pleasure of being guided by the artist himself. 

of art. Where the first two exhibits were accompanied by 
great catalogs - the first one praised by Frank Gagliardi in 
the August issue of the Movable Stationery (p. 4) as "The 
grandest of all exhibition catalogs" - the artist made for 
this 2005 exhibition a related artists' book. Peepshow- 
Peephole is bound in halfcloth boards. It has a peephole in 
the front cover, the title is blind stamped, and it folds out 
with both sides printed in the form of a leporello 
(concertina) of eight panels with paste-ins, die-cuts and 
(sliding) pop-up elements. It measures 143x170 mm. and 
was done in a limited edition of 50 numbered copies 
signed by the artist. A few copies are still available at the 
Krabbedans for Euro 50.00, see or 

Some of the one-of copies of the three-dimensional 
artists' books that were on show in the exhibition are 
available directly from the artist 

The third part 
of this Peep 
Show Peep 

Hole experience 
was an 

based on the 
same theme and 
made on location 
in the week 
before the 
opening of the exhibition by the three young local artists 
Bram Hermens, Erik van Lieshout and Rogier Walrecht, 
under the supervision of Mr. Corominas. The large 
"Room" that stands apart within the spacious 
Krabbedans, designed to be the space where artists create 
special but temporary works of art on location, had been 
transformed into a huge peepshow. Since the word 
"peepshow"for these young artists apparently had only the 
contemporary meaning, they had filled the inner space 
with larger-than-life drawings of scarcely clothed women 
- to be seen from the outside only through a peephole 
placed at adult height in the (locked) door! 

This is Mr. Corominas' third major exhibit. The 1999 
Girona exhibit Pop-Up: Llibres Movibles I 
Tridimensionals showed a survey of historical movable 
and pop-up books in Spain. Pop-Up a Sete! Les Jouets en 
Papier, 2003, in the International Museum of Modest Art 
in Sete, in the south of France, displayed antique and 
modern movables and pop-ups in combination with three- 
dimensional paper works made by children in Mr. 
Corominas' classes. This third exhibition, in Eindhoven, 
focused on the relationships between aspects of historical 
movable books and related paper toys and his own works 

The Flip Book Show 

The May issue of Movable Stationery included an 
announcement of the exhibition Daumenkino: The Flip 
Book Show to be held in the Kunsthalle in Diisseldorf, 
Germany. The story said there would be an accompanying 
publication. Meanwhile, this book, with the same title as 
the exhibit, has been published by the Cologne-based 
publishing house of Snoeck. 

The voluminous 
paperback (335 pages) has 
contributions by ten 
specialists in the field from 
Germany and France. It 
includes essays on such 
subjects as the history of the 
flip book, the precursors in 
the history of books, stories 
in flip books, the flip book as 
forerunner of the first 
movies, traces of film 
sequences in the (modern) 
picture book, as well as a special chapter on pop-up and 
movable books. There are innumerable color pictures and 
reproductions of flip books ranging from 10 pages up to 
48! And, there is an additional DVD. Unfortunately, the 
book is only available in German, but, for its pictorial 
documentation, it is surely a must for anyone interested in 
the subject.ISBN 3-936859-26-4, Euro 39.80. 

The exhibition will be on display in Antwerp, Belgium 
in 2006 but the exact dates have not yet been set. 

Kunsthalle Diisseldorf D3 

Movable Reviews 

Marilyn Olin 
Livingston, New Jersey 

Rating: 3 /2 

1 = AWFUL 2 = POOR 
3 = O.K. 4 = GOOD 


2 :5 


UNFOLD/ENFOLD. By Kveta Pacovska. Published 
originally in France by Editions du Seuil under the title 
Un Livre Pour Toi in 2004. Published in the USA in 
English by Chronicle Books in 2004. ISBN 2-02-069417- 
4. $30.00. Can be purchased on Amazon through 

booksellers. 10 x 9 % 
in. 48 pages unfolded 
forward and 48 pages 
unfolded from the 
back. This is a feat of 
ingenuity. There are 
only 6 large pop-ups 
but the book itself can 
be opened to extend 
completely and be 
viewed from both 
sides. Lots of cut outs 
to view other things 
through. I found the 
artwork fun and fascinating. There is hardly any copy. I 
don't know if you can classify this as a pop-up book but 
any movable book artist should see it for its originality. 
Paper Eng.: Terrific! 

Rating: 4 

WINTER'S TALE. An Original Pop-Up Journey. By 
Robert Sabuda. Published by Little Simon, a division of 
Simon & Schuster in 2005. ISBN-13:0-689-85363-0 and 
ISBN- 10: 0-689-85363-7. $26.95. 8 V* x 8 % in. 6 double 
page pop-ups and 5 smaller pop-ups. This is another all 
white pop-up from Robert Sabuda, suitable to the subject, 
but enough! It has a slight story, but many lovely, intricate 
pop-ups. The lovely surprise is the twinkling lights on a 
small house pop-up at the end of the book. The question 
is, "Who is this book written for?" Too intricate for a 
young child to handle and a story too simple for an older 
one... and yet another wonderful example of Sabuda's 
increasing ability to do whatever he wants to in the pop-up 
realm. Paper Eng.: Very complex. 


By Alfred Mason Amadon, M.D. Published by Gramercy 
Books in 2005. ISBN 0-517-45127-1. $12.99. 1 1 x 8 V 2 in. 
This book was originally published in 1906 in a slightly 
different form and was previously published in the same 
form, as The Fold-Out Atlas of the Human Body. While 
there are only four main plates in this book they are 
fascinating. Each one opens up and folds out with many 
layers and pop-ups. The drawings have certain qualities 
which make them intriguing. Everything works very well. 
Paper Eng: Well done. 

Rating: 4% 

TEATRO OLIVA. By Ian Falconer. Published by 

Universe Publishing, a division of Rizzoli International 

Publications in 2004. ISBN 0-689-87816-8. $24.95. 13.7 

x 9.5 in. This handsome, attractively finished box opens 

up in the center and folds down into a stage. Contained in 

a drawer are many stage sets and 9 paper dolls all dressed 

in costumes. The box 

contains its very own 

Oliva Playbill for 

scenes from Swan 

Lake, Romeo and 

Juliet and Turandot. 

There is extra stock 

for a child to design 

their own backdrop 

for an original play. 

This is an extremely 

durable pop-up stage 


Paper Eng.: 

Meticulous, sturdy 

and lovely. 



DERBY DAY. By Pamela Pease. Published by Paintbox 
Press in 2005. ISBN 0-9669433-5-X. $36.00. 1 1 l A x 1 1 % 
in. 6 pop-ups, some lift-the-tabs, one change-the-picture, 
and a flip book. This is a pop-up celebration of the 
Kentucky Derby. I expected something more complex at 
this price. The inclusion of a flip book is a nice touch. 
While colorful, well done and interesting, the pop-ups are 
fairly simple. Paper Eng.: Fair. 

Instructions for Making a Card 
with a Rolling Mechanism 

Needed for the construction: 

A piece of ribbon of 20x1 cm. (on the instruction sheet 
shown as "1 ruban de 20cm/ lcm"). 

Thick paper or thin cardboard for the rectangle and the 
square with the word "carton." (Thin cardboard works 

1 . Reproduce the included template in the desired size. 

Print the text to fit within the spaces where "texte A" and 
"texte B" is indicated to match the opening of the window. 
(It will be more durable if the text is printed on a piece of 
fabric of this measurement. Pictures can be used in place 
of text.) 

3. Cut out all the pieces of the sheet - the window and the 
three indicated grooves. 

4. Paste down the texts to the left and the right of the 
window (c onto c). 

5. Pull the ends of the text strips through the groove in the 
rectangular piece of thin board and flatten them to the 
right and the left respectively. 

6. Place the square piece of board on the left half of the 
rectangular one, fold the ends of the text strip around this 
square and paste them down. 

7. Paste the middle of the 
ribbon on the square piece 
of board (over the pasted 
ends of the text strips). 

8. Close the flaps and 
paste them consecutively: 
1 , 2 and finally 3 . Turn the 
pack now upside down 

9. Pull the ribbon to the 
left or to the right.... and 

© Pierre Bloyer / Issy les 

Molineaux, France 

pi erre . bloyer@s t- 

First World War postcard 
with rolling mechanism 

Template for Making a Card with a Rolling Mechanism 




Frankfurt Book Fair, continued from page 2 

This paper engineering one-of-a-kind feat is a 3-D pop-up 
brainteaser composed of 24 connected cubes that turn, 
flip, open up, fold out, pop in, and move in Rubik's Cube- 
like directions. Plus, each individual cube features foil, 
acetate, pull-out drawers, boxes, books, and pop-ups on 
each side. Some of the movable parts can only be seen at 
certain configurations of the box, adding yet another level 
of complexity to the format. Each cube is also numbered 
from 1 to 24 and features illustrations of a mouse family 
as they go about their holiday preparations, counting down 
to Christmas. And just when you think you've figured out 
the entire box, two secret compartments within the cube 
lift up to reveal the big Christmas finale! A unique pop- 
up, packaged in a gift box designed like a wrapped 
present, it is a must-have for any collector. 

While not shown at the Simon & Schuster stand, since 
it has been postponed until fall 2006, the new pop-up 
masterpiece by Kees Moerbeek is Alfred Hitchcock the 
Master of Suspense. It will feature on seven double- 
spreads pop-up reworkings of famous movies of the master 
based on the original pictures. Done as a large pack 
(32x32 cm.), it is handicapped by the problem that none 
of the famous players in the movies could be pictured! 
Further details about "the making of..." will be discussed 
in an article by the artist in Movable Stationery next 
summer. Mr. Moerbeek also engineered the pop-up edition 
of the Belgian best-selling picture book Because I love you 
so much by Guido van Genechten, telling about the cute 
baby ice bear Snowy and his Mom. It will be published in 
several languages simultaneouslynext spring. Child's Play 
announced three new parts in Kees Moerbeek 's Roly Poly 
Box Books series for next spring: Three Little Pigs, 
Cinderella, and Goldilocks. 

At Simon Spotlight I 
spotted a pop-up novelty 
for the very young child: a 
cloth pop-up book by 
Sonali Fry, Hello, Curious 
Buddies! (1-4169-0651-7) 
with illustrations by Piero 
Piluso, including two cloth 

Remarkable also are the 
pop-up non-book 
innovations by David 
Hawcock: a series of 2006 
pop-up calendars apparently re-using pop-up materials 
from earlier publications. The Pop-Up Ancient Egypt Wall 
Calendar, produced in association with the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art in New York, has mummies, sphinxes, 
tombs, and temples spring from the twelve pages. The 

Pop-Up Dinosaur Wall Calendar, in association with the 
Smithsonian Institute, features scenes by leading dinosaur 
illustrators, and The Pop-Up Dragon Chronicles Calendar 
has 12 pop-up months, each featuring scenes by leading 
dragon illustrators. They are discounted already and 
available through E-bay! 

David Hawcock also 
did the paper 
engineering for the new 
Chuck Fischer holiday 
book Christmas in New 
York. A Pop-up Book (0- 
82 12-5702) published by 
Bulfinch in association 
with the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art in New 
York. It includes such 
cherished Christmas season traditions as visiting the 
Museum's Angel Tree, theNutcracker ballet, Radio City's 
"Christmas Spectacular," ice skating at Rockefeller 
Center, and others. 

Another museum popping up with their very first pop- 
up book is the J. Paul Getty Museum, that brings the Pop- 
up Aesop (0-89236-814-4) written by Paul Harris, senior 
editor at Getty Publications, and illustrated with bold 
graphics by Calef Brown. The book has five three- 
dimensional versions of (lesser known) fables, and a 
"Fable Fun page" complete with a spinner, to help readers 
make up their own versions of Aesop's classics. 

Macmillan's had on display the new Nick Denchfield 
spectacular carousel book Captain Scurvy's Most 
Dastardly Pop-up Pirate Ship (1-405-2169-1), illustrated 
by Steve Cox. The book opens into a beauty of a very 
detailed ship and the wild sea that it sails. Another 
masterwork from this unobtrusive paper engineer will be 
next year's Pop-up Dinosaur Dancer] The new Maggie 
Bateson, My 
Fairy Winter 
Wonderland (1- 
with illustrations 
by Louise Comfort 
is kind of a sequel 
to their earlier My 
Fairy Garden and 
last year's My 
Fairy Princess 
Palace. Colorful 
and sweet, it's 
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The couple of 
Ian Whybrowand 
Axel Scheffler 
continue their 
series of pull-tab 
and lift-flap 
books from 
Macmillan in 
spring 2006 with 
the new The 
Tickle Book with 
Pop-up Surprises 
This continues 
from their 
success with The 
Bedtime Bear and The Christmas Bear. 

New titles by Keith Faulkner, just published by 
Barron's, and seen at their stand, were The Spooky Trail 
(0-764 1 -5834- 1 ), a funny scary picture book with lift-the- 
flaps and a pull-tab. Kids who follow the spooky trail to 
the final page will first be surprised , then will burst out in 
giggles as they pull a tab and share in a shocking pop-up 
discovery! Extreme Machines (0-7641- 5836-8), illustrated 
by Adrian 
Chesterman, allows 
young readers to 
move cardboard 
operating levers 
located at the edge of | 
each page to set ten 
extreme machines in 
motion. And two new 
titles have been added 
in his series of Mix- 
up-pops with 
illustrations by Steve 
Holmes: Jurrassic 

Jumble (0-7641-5837-6) and Ocean Oddballs (0-7641- 
5838-4). Both have pop-ups on pages split into top and 
bottom halves, inspiring kids to conjure up their own 
strange creatures. All of them are colorful, witty and well 
done - in the tradition of what Mr. Faulkner has made 
over many years, but not too surprising anymore. 

Much the same can be also be said about the new Kate 
Petty and Jennie Maizels title The Perfect Punctuation 
Pop-up Book that Random House will issue in the fall of 
2006 as part six in their series of didactic oblong pop-up 
(school-)books. And about Dr. Seuss Pops Up! A 
Celebration of seven Seuss Classics (0-375-83352-8), 
recently published by Random House, that captures on 
each of its seven spreads "the essence of seven Seuss 
classic nonsense books" - as the blurb reads! 

Where traditional packagers like Intervisual, Electric 
Paper, Matthew Price, Robert Frederick, Brown Wells 
Jacobs, Orchard Books, and others stop short in bringing 
new pop-up books and/or change their publishing policy 
in the direction of more simple novelty items or just 
traditional picture books, the production of interesting new 
pop-ups and 
movables seems to 
be taken over by 
small young 
companies or even 
newcomers in the 
field. Elm Grove 
Books from 
Henstridge in 
Somerset, U.K., 
showed Rome: A 
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the Ancient 
Civilization (1- 
created by Leigh 
Grant and paper 
engineered by 
Keith Finch. Using 
the well-known 

format of Meggendorfer's International Circus, the six 
panels with fold-downs offer an accurate three- 
dimensional panorama of ancient Rome as it stood in its 
Golden Age under the Emperors, including the Forum 
with its temples, Senate House, and Courts of Law, the 
Colosseum, and a busy street complete with merchants, 
jugglers and acrobats. It is a pop-up history for interactive 
learning, including a timeline. It will be followed next 
year by its sequel Egypt - 2,000 years of history. 

The Australian company of Five Mile Press had on 
display their sturdy 77;e Enchanted Dolls' House (1- 
74124-717-9) by Robyn Johnson that gives a selective 

history of the doll house 
and includes four period 
doll houses, a variety of 
textures, embossing, foil 
and fabrics. Using rather 
simple but effective 
paper artwork, it offers a 
peep in each doll's house 
through many die-cut 
windows and opening 
doors. A gift book for 
both children and lovers 
of the historical 
miniature house. 


Historical Children's Books 

Once Upon a Time is the title of a book compiled by 
Amy Weinstein, a curator of 20 th and 21 s1 Century 

Collections at the New York 
Historical Society, and 
recently published by 
Princeton Architectural Press. 
The subtitle reads 
Illustrations from Fairytales, 
Fables, Primers, Pop-ups, and 
other Children 's Books. The 
book brings a wealth of color 
illustrations, 325 on its 192 
pages, from historical, mostly 
American children's books, 
created through a variety of 
illustration techniques and 
printing processes, many of them also animated with 
movable parts. It reawakens the joys of childhood reading, 
drawing upon the extraordinary collection of Victorian-era 
illustrated books from the collection of Arthur and Ellen 

In hardcover S65.00, ISBN 1 -56898-54 1-X. Paperback 
S35.00, ISBN 1-56898-564-9. 

Catalogs Received 

Aleph-Bet Books. Catalogue 79. 85 Old Mill River Rd. 
PoundRidge, NY 10576.Phone: 914-764-7410. Fax: 914- 
764-1356. Email: 

Jo Ann Reisler, Ltd. Catalogue 72. 360 Glyndon St., NE, 
Vienna VA. Phone:703-938-2967. Fax: 703-938-9057. 

New Publications 

The following titles have been identified from pre- 
publication catalogs, Internet sources, bookstore hunting, 
and other advertising. All titles include pop-ups unless 
otherwise noted. 

Berry Fun 


carousel with 3 

rooms.] Grosset 
& Dunlap. 

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Big Book of Pirates: With Fun Flaps, Pull Tabs, and a 
Pop-up Surprise. 12 x 15". Backpack Books. S9.98. 
0-7607-7 157-x. 

Big Book of Space: 
Full of Fun Flaps, 
Tab, Foils, and Pop- 
up Surprises. 12" x 
15". Backpack 
Books. $9.98. 

Christmas Surprise: Search 
the Gift Boxes for a Christmas 
Surprise. By Keith Faulkner. 
Backpack Books. $7.98. 

Ballet School Carousel. 8 pages. Parragon Plus. £4.99. 

The Enchanted Dolls ' House. 1 5 pages. The Five Mile 
Press. £17.99. 1-74124-717-9. 

Barbie Fairytopia Magical Meadow Pop-up. £4.99. 
Egmont Books Ltd. 1-40521-879-7. 

Fuzzy Ducky's 
Birthday: A 
Touch- A nd-Feel 
Pop-Up Book! 5 
pages. $8.95. Piggy 
Toes Press. 1-581 17- 

Mommy's Little Monkey: 
Pop-up Surprises! , 
Changing Faces! by Keith 
Faulkner. 14 pages. 
Brighter Minds Children's 

Giant abc Pop-up Book. 
By Keith Moseley. 1 1 x 
15". Backpack Books. 

/ Wish I Could be a 
Knight. 8'/2 x 
1 1 l A". Backpack 
Books. $9.98. 0- 

Noah 's Ark. 9 pages. 
SpiritPress. 1-40371-427- 

Mighty Machines Pop-up Book. 9x11". Backpack Books. 

My Fairy Winter Wonderland: A Magical Pop-up World 
with Press-out Fairy Pieces! By Maggie Bateson and 
Louise Comfort. Macmillan. 1-4050-4994-4. £14.99. 


Let 's Play Together! 
Allen, Texas. LBKids. 
$9.99. 9" x 11". 0-316- 

Making Your Own Pop-up 
Cards. Paul Jackson. 160 
pages. Southwater 
Publishing (January, 
2006). $20.65. 

Numbers: Pop -up 

Fun with Applebee 

Cat. By David 

Pelham. $12.95. 

16 pages. Running 

Press Kids. 0-762- 



Opposites: Pop-up 

Fun with Applebee 




Penelope In The 

Winter. [tabs] 

Cartwheel Books. 




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Penelope at the 



Rome: A Fold-out History of the Ancient Civilization. 6 
pages. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. $ 17.95. 13x5 
inches. 1-5791-2471-2. 

The Very Happy Hen. 

By Jack Tickle. 

Peekaboo Pop-ups. 

S7.98. Backpack 

Books 0-7607-7297-5. 


The Very Lazy Lion. 

0-7607-7292-4. $7.98 

The Very Dizzy 


0-1 '607 '-7296-7. 

The Very Clever 



The Very Friendly 



The Very Busy Bee. 


Sam Katz On The 
Loose! [illustrations 
pull up to form 3-D 
scenes]. Illustrated by 
Charles Fazzino. 
$ 14.95. Random House 
fl Books for Young 

The Spooky Trail. 
By Keith Faulkner. 
16 pages. $9.99. 10 
x 10 inches. 
Educational Series. 

The Tale of Peter 
Rabbit: A Pop-up 
£10.49. 16 

U. S .Penguin 
edition - 
February 2006. 

The Tale of 

Peter Rabbit 

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A ?oVP Adventure . 


Storm the Castle! A 3-dimensional Game Book. Tango 
Books. £14.99. 1-85707-643-5. 

' ^ JAY FLOOR?' 



Wh o ' s Been 
Walking on my 

Series. $11.99. 

Note: Backpack Books are available in larger Barnes and 
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Do you recognize this house? If you do, then you must be a movable book collector 
The Robie House in Chicago, Illinois is the very first three-dimensional spread in the 2002 book "Frank 

Lloyd Wright In Pop-Up." kjjjfel Built in 1 909 for wealthy motorcycle maker Frederick C. Robie 

and now owned by the University of Chicago, the historic residence is a mere 1 3-minute drive, about 6.6 


miles, from this building. |s | Of course, we don't expect everyone to recognize the structure. Unlike 
the Robie House, the Essex Inn does not appear in any movable book. But it will soon be part of pop-up 
book history. From September 1 4 to 1 6, 2006, movable book enthusiasts will be housed in this hotel which 

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is just a 2-minute drive from this very familiar-looking small white cottage. L^SS^j Oh, okay, 
we're not exactly being truthful. That house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is 

actually located in Eldon, Iowa, about 3 1 2 miles from the Essex Inn. But it's featured in this very recognizable 
masterpiece. ',- .'J jll 1 I Created in 1930 by painter Grant Wood, "American Gothic" will be back on 

display next Fall at Gallery 263 of the Art Institute of Chicago, located a little over half a mile from the 
=J i '■' a [ . f, . i U ' - *• „ - ■ ■£. So what are you waiting 

conference site. 

for? Sign up today for the 6th Movable Book Society Conference in Chicago, Illinois, and experience three 

days of movable fun from September 1 4 to 16, 2006. And maybe, just maybe, while you're in the area, you 

can enjoy a little bit of historical house-hunting on the side. 




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